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2014-02-20 07:21:48 AM  
I've bought too many awful games over the years to even try and formulate a top 5, forgettable games are forgettable.

I tend to remember games more that have been tremendous let downs. Specifically sequels that followed fantastic games...

- SSX 3 ...Tricky was so good and then the magic was gone

- Majora's Mask ...time based events in a game about exploration doesn't work

- After FF VII ...7 was great, subsequent games seemed to require watching an hour long movie followed by a two hour tutorial

- Hulk on 360 ...Hulk Ultimate Destruction on the original Xbox is the most under appreciated sandbox/super hero title ever. The follow up, not so much.
 
2014-02-20 07:25:01 AM  
Any Red Faction game after the first one (didn't get Guerilla). I picked up Armageddon at Best Buy for a dollar which should have been a warning, and the only real fun I got out of it was a mini game where you destroyed the entire landscape.
 
2014-02-20 07:31:35 AM  
I used to be a huge fan of the King's Quest series.  I even bought the collector's edition back when I was a teenager and played through every game, 1-7, in order.  Then after I finished them, I walked my girlfriend through them as well so she could share in the awesomeness.

Then along came KQ8... Not only was it a bad game, it was such a huge piece of garbage that it killed the entire franchise.

Star Control 3 was also a huge disappointment after the sheer work of genius that was Star Control 2.  But it least it made me laugh a few times, so it ranks slightly above the bottom of the barrel.
 
2014-02-20 07:33:11 AM  
The worst game I own is Robocop 3 for the SNES.  When I look over my collection of games I don't remember why I spent money on Guitar Hero and Mortal Kombat games.  They were fun for such a short timeframe and the odds of me playing them again are zero.
 
2014-02-20 07:37:39 AM  

BumpInTheNight: Vertdang: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 617x396]

For PC. What a piece of shiat THAT was.
Bad voice over, horrible controls, the mis-named "real time" play that was just turn-based with a little more speed, cheating AI, crap graphics.

Luckily I bought it on a steam sale for only 8 bucks, but I would have rather wiped my ass with the $8 and then flushed it down the toilet. The devs wouldn't have gotten the money, and it would have been more entertaining.

Oh my yes, now that there is a game that didn't translate well from boardgame to desktop.  I'm not sure what I was expecting from that game as I bought it on pure nostalgia, clunky and frustrating indeed.


I was expecting a great translation, kinda like how DAWN OF WAR was. They did SUCH a good job on DoW, I kinda hoped it would rub off on the BB team.
Nope.
 
2014-02-20 07:41:40 AM  
www.zerker.ca
I got the damn thing to run exactly ONE time, then never again.
/The Avatar can't swim for shiat
 
2014-02-20 07:43:14 AM  
 

justabitdisturbed: Pretty much any base game done by Obsidian.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 - Oh, you added a ton of cool character class features and didn't finish the game.  Neat.

Neverwinter Nights 2 - Oh, you added a ton of cool character class features and the game is complete shiat.  Neat.

Fallout: New Vegas - Oh, you added a ton of cool equipment and voice acting, but brown hills over and over and over again don't really interest me.

They are the kings of taking a franchise and ramming it into the ground headlong.


Kotor 2 wasn't their fault by a mile. They basically went "HEy, look. We're not getting this game done by the holiday launch date. We need more time to finish a few things." And Lucasarts went"TOO BAD, YOU RELEASE ANYWAYS."

Also I actually rather liked New Vegas more than Fallout 3.... and have you, uh. PLAYED Fallout 1 and 2? There's a lot of brown hills. Because, you know. It is literally a desert area, that was then nuked to hell and back...
 
2014-02-20 07:48:33 AM  

Sgt Otter: There's a PC game from the late 80s I've been trying to remember for years, that my neighbor had.  It was so frustratingly hard, we never got more than 5 minutes into it.

It's one of those graphic adventure games (sort of like King's Quest), where you walk into a new area, and it's a basically static screen, where you have to type in commands.

You die, end up in hell, and have to battle various evil people from history, as you try to escape from hell.  No, it's not "Escape From Hell," and it's not the crappy FMV game with Dennis Hopper.


Sounds like Lucifer's Realm.  As I recall that was really a text adventure with pictures (i.e. you typed "GO WEST" as opposed to moving a character around a-la King's Quest).

There are a lot of duds out there, but the game that still just makes me grit my teeth when I think about it is XF5700 Mantis, an early-90s space sim.  Came out around the same time as Wing Commander II, which I loved, so this seemed like a sure thing.  Problem was, it was freaking impossible.  They were trying for a more "realistic" physics model than the other space sims, which seems commendable, but is a real pain in the ass gameplay-wise.  You'd be accelerating towards a dot on your radar, and then in the blink of an eye the ship would go flashing right past you (unless you ran right into it, which happened often).  So slow down, you say?  Sure, all you had to day was turn your back on the enemy and accelerate in the opposite direction, slowing down right in their crosshairs, then hope you were able to turn back and get a bead on them before you were cut to pieces.  So the guns were practically useless.

With the single-minded determination (and ample free time) of youth I was able to limpingly progress through the missions by relying on my wingmen (who at least shared the enemy ships' advantage of being computer-controlled) and through judicious use of long-range missiles.  And then, in a cut-scene between missions, my teammates gave me a dressing-down for not pulling my weight.  I was already more angry and frustrated with a game than I had ever been before, and now here the game itself was actually criticizing me - literally out loud, since  I shelled out money for the voice pack.  Talk about adding insult to injury.

XF5700 Mantis, after all these years I just want to say with all sincerity, go fark yourself.
 
2014-02-20 07:50:48 AM  
Legend of Dragoon is always the first game that comes to mind. Probably immediately followed by Shadow Madness. I found both to be unplayable, and bought both during an RPG binge in my PSX days. I've learned to be much more picky since then.
 
2014-02-20 07:51:07 AM  
Hard to pick the worst, probably Kane and Lynch. I hated that game, though that meant I never had to deal with it's supposedly worse sequel.

Put me down as another vote for Rage and GTA4 being terrible.

I was really disappointed by the 3DS iterations of Mario Kart and Mario Tennis. I really miss the GBC/GBA sports titles that included the "story mode" where you slowly progress a character. Mario Golf did it a couple times and it was wonderful. Gimme one of those again, not these games that are essentially intended for multiplayer and nothing else.
 
2014-02-20 07:57:37 AM  
duke nukem forever. farking awful. bought it because i loved the old duke nukem from back in the day. what a waste.
 
2014-02-20 07:57:48 AM  
Gotta go with the NARC remake. It was just painful, no fun to be had. Somehow they made drug use boring.
 
2014-02-20 07:59:00 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Is there a bigger steaming pile of shiat anywhere?  Methinks not.  Double ugly bonus points considering how long it took them to codge this mess together.
 
2014-02-20 08:07:03 AM  
Madden 12, after they stripped the auto-adjusting difficulty settings, which was one of the few actual, proper changes that game had made and it was wonderful.
 
2014-02-20 08:10:15 AM  
I went through a phase (mostly in my GameCube days) where I was cleaning out bargain bins of everything under $10 and writing terrible reviews of them, so I got several, kind of all at once. It's hard to pick out just one, but a few of the worst were:

N*Sync:Get to the Show (Game Boy Color)
Bad Boys: Miami Takedown
Blowout
ZooCube
P.N.03
 
2014-02-20 08:17:33 AM  

The Slush: Jim_Callahan: Yeah, and the buzz for Titanfall is kinda giving me flashbacks to that

Yeah, Titanfall's gonna suck.  I haven't really been paying much attention to it but the hype seems unavoidable.  Are we really expecting a good game from people who shat out Call of Duty?  AND it's being published by EA?  Yeah, good f*cking luck if you drop money on it with that pedigree.  5 hours of shooting brown sh*t on rails, but this time it's different, BECAUSE ROBOTS.  It comes out in 3 weeks, have they released any actual gameplay footage that doesn't look exactly like Call of Duty?

As far as the worst games I've ever bought, that's hard to say.  I feel like games in recent years have disappointed me moreso since I have far less time to play games now.  Spore, Dragon Age 2, Elemental: War of Magic, and Diablo 3 immediately come to mind as recent games that have completely missed the mark.  I'm sure I've owned worse in the past though.


You realize they JUST finished the Titanfall open beta right? I'm not a CoD fan but I enjoyed my time with Titanfall. I'm way behind the power curve in twitch based shooters but I think they have a solid game on their hands that will be fun for a while.
 
2014-02-20 08:20:57 AM  

Klivian: Hard to pick the worst, probably Kane and Lynch. I hated that game, though that meant I never had to deal with it's supposedly worse sequel.

Put me down as another vote for Rage and GTA4 being terrible.


I thought the FPS parts of Rage had some really innovative gameplay. It was just the filler parts that were slow and dismal.
 
2014-02-20 08:22:40 AM  

asquian: Legend of Dragoon is always the first game that comes to mind. Probably immediately followed by Shadow Madness. I found both to be unplayable, and bought both during an RPG binge in my PSX days. I've learned to be much more picky since then.


Yer nuts.
 
2014-02-20 08:25:46 AM  
Needed moar playtesting...
www.waynesbooks.com
 
2014-02-20 08:34:15 AM  
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.

Hey Enemy territory is some of the most fun multiplayer gaming I have ever had this must be good.  Oh wow, there aren't a lot of people playing hmm, oh well I'll jump into the game here.
Ten minutes later;
Wow, now I know why there aren't many people playing online.


I'd much rather talk about games I like;

I picked up Banished last night.  It seems a bit shallow but it was $20 so I can forgive that.  I had my second town just cruising along (first one starved to death in their third winter) and then people started being unhappy, as I hadn't bothered making a pub or a church so I ramp up stone production for the church and build a pub. nope still unhappy, and not breeding either.  So it turns out that people won't get it on under their parents roof and I had a housing shortage, not enough to cause people to be homeless but enough that kids were living with their parents unfortunately by the time I figured this out my whole town was past breeding age except for one, most likely very frustrated, 14 year old boy.  Game over man.
 
2014-02-20 08:34:22 AM  

ChaosStar: [www.zerker.ca image 850x531]
I got the damn thing to run exactly ONE time, then never again.
/The Avatar can't swim for shiat


If you get a hankering for this one again, look into Exult.
 
2014-02-20 08:35:15 AM  
Theaetetus:
Demon's Souls is third, but I'll allow that that one is a subjective decision, and many people may love it so much that they name their firstborn Boletaria.

Yeah, take that back.  Every minute of Demon's Souls was enjoyable, the atmosphere is incredible, the difficulty level is perfect, the bosses are memorable... a truly great game.
 
2014-02-20 08:39:19 AM  
Half-Life 2.
 I bought an $80 collector edition. I had played the first one and all of its expansions. I was engaged in the story.

But at the time I had to use a pair of dial-up modems to get an aggregate 19.2kbps connection

The disc in the box was utterly useless. It essentially downloaded the first version of the Steam client, which then downloaded the ~3GB of Half Life 2 from Valve. Over a 19.2kbps connection. My employer at the time would NOT have allowed me to bring my PC in to download anything. I carefully note that the retail box that I purchased did not indicate any specific bandwidth requirements for play, only that players would need an internet connection.

So a month later,  I finally got to see the opening screens... and then found out that Steam was generating enough network traffic to flood my shiatty dialup connections. I played about five minutes and decided that no single player game should be that reliant on an internet connection and furthermore that Steam amounts to malware since the game could not be divorced from it.

Nothing that Valve has done since has changed my personal opinion about Steam. I believe it's actually worse now, since so many PC gamers rely on it and maintain an overly positive view of Valve and its corporate behavior.

I've still never played Half Life 2.
 
2014-02-20 08:40:54 AM  

nmrsnr: nmrsnr: It was barely a game, and you had to be a farking actual surgeon to get the goddamn appendix out (which I never successfully did).

Let's try that again with a picture:

[www.dosbox.com image 320x200]


I liked this game.. kinda. I got passed the Appendix op.  The next one I just couldn't figure out, putting some sort of aortic stent in.
 
2014-02-20 08:45:49 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
I bought this game, and because of this I refuse to ever support a game with a monthly subscription cost.
 
2014-02-20 08:49:07 AM  
An adventure game called "Armed and Delirious". It was impossible to finish without a walkthrough, and so poorly made that even with hte walkthrough it was still hard to get through due to crashes and poor controls.
 
2014-02-20 08:49:41 AM  
Superman Returns for xbox 360.

I bought a lot of crappy games over the years, but this one I actually pre-ordered and was excited and hopeful. When I returned it two days later the guy at Gamestop actually said "Wow, you made it two days?" and then confirmed that they had a LOT of returns of the game the day after release. By far my worst purchase compared to expectations of fun.
 
2014-02-20 08:49:46 AM  

Tommy Moo: [upload.wikimedia.org image 256x316]

I bought this game used for $15, played it for an hour, turned around, took it back to the store, and asked "How much can I get for this in trade in?" The guy looked at me funny and said $7. I said "Sold. That was an $8 mistake."

It's not so much that the gameplay was horrible as it was literally the most embarrassing JRPG I have ever played. Putting this in my PS3 was the moment I realized that I had outgrown JRPGs. The voice acting and dialogue are so preposterously amateur I think I would have died if anyone I knew had walked into the room and seen me playing this. I grew up on Final Fantasy, so to admit that the West has surpassed Japan was a huge turning point for me. The only JRPGs I've enjoyed from this generation were Valkyria Chronicles and Demon's/Dark Souls.


I, too, bought this piece of garbage.  Spent about 45 minutes hoping it was going to get better.  It didn't, and I have never forgiven myself for getting it.
 
2014-02-20 08:50:15 AM  

Vertdang: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 617x396]

For PC. What a piece of shiat THAT was.
Bad voice over, horrible controls, the mis-named "real time" play that was just turn-based with a little more speed, cheating AI, crap graphics.

Luckily I bought it on a steam sale for only 8 bucks, but I would have rather wiped my ass with the $8 and then flushed it down the toilet. The devs wouldn't have gotten the money, and it would have been more entertaining.


Seriously? I thought the new version of BB was great. You have to play it in turn based mode thuogh. It was pretty much a direct translation of the board game.
 
2014-02-20 08:52:20 AM  

Egoy3k: I picked up Banished last night.  It seems a bit shallow but it was $20 so I can forgive that.  I had my second town just cruising along (first one starved to death in their third winter) and then people started being unhappy, as I hadn't bothered making a pub or a church so I ramp up stone production for the church and build a pub. nope still unhappy, and not breeding either.  So it turns out that people won't get it on under their parents roof and I had a housing shortage, not enough to cause people to be homeless but enough that kids were living with their parents unfortunately by the time I figured this out my whole town was past breeding age except for one, most likely very frustrated, 14 year old boy.  Game over man.


bahahahahaha awesome. Can't wait to give this game a spin myself.
 
2014-02-20 08:53:26 AM  
The Adventures of Bayou Billy for NES. The game that was impossible to beat.

Bart vs. The Space Mutants (NES) was not worth the hype. Never owned it though, just rented it.
 
2014-02-20 08:54:40 AM  

hubiestubert: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x310]

Seriously. I got this at the $5 bin, and I still feel ripped off. It was like Orson Scott Card decided to make a game from Empire, and couldn't get the monkeys to all slam their wee fists in unison enough to get close to that, and figured, "Eh, it's good enough..."

Ridiculous story, tissue thin characters, and terrible voice acting aside, the gameplay and washed out color palette make this a stinker that frustrated me more than the copy of Legendary that someone left at the house and I fired up.


There are definitely worse games out there that people have paid good money for. At least the weapons weren't complete shiat. My biggest problem with the game was that it was too short/too fast. The plot advanced at a ridiculous pace. I wouldn't pay retail for it, but the bargain bin price was reasonable.

Also, there is a FANTASTIC game from OSC's Empire. It's called Shadow Complex and it is farking amazing.
 
2014-02-20 08:55:28 AM  

diaphoresis:


Personally I loved the gold box series.
 
2014-02-20 08:55:48 AM  

UNC_Samurai: [upload.wikimedia.org image 382x500]
I bought this game, and because of this I refuse to ever support a game with a monthly subscription cost.


I find it to be such an awesome idea.  I even go check it out to see if it ever really expanded much.

The last I looked they still didn't have Paris in the game.
 
2014-02-20 08:57:08 AM  

Running a-puck: Snapper Carr: [img.fark.net image 592x706]

The phrase "fundamentally broken" come to mind.
/Shame since I still have 1 and 2 on my PC and play them regularly. 20 years on and they're still among the best 4X games ever made.

This has been gaming's biggest disappointment for me.  It was the first game that I followed in development, was active on the forums, the whole nine yards.  I can't adequately describe my anger when I realized that the devs outright LIED about the game and what state it was in when it launched.  AI was so broken that the game was just unplayable.  The enemy AI would literally not attack you.

At least this gave me the experience to deal with the shiat show that was Sword of the Stars 2, so I didn't waste money on that pile of crap.


This.  If I were ever given the ability to nut punch an entire company, I would choose Quicksilver

diaphoresis: [paizo.com image 360x474]


HERETIC!

There was never an AD&D Gold Box game that I didn't play all the way through.
 
2014-02-20 09:02:28 AM  
Bought?!

You mean buy?
With actual money?

LOL,

/I stopped falling for that shiat a long time ago.
 
2014-02-20 09:02:32 AM  

ChaosStar: I got the damn thing to run exactly ONE time, then never again.
/The Avatar can't swim for shiat


I think you mean Ultima IX. That was virtually unplayable on release.
 
2014-02-20 09:03:54 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Mac version is absolutely unplayable.
 
2014-02-20 09:03:58 AM  
Boring as hell:
www.worldofmonopoly.com
 
2014-02-20 09:04:37 AM  

starsrift: Egoy3k: I picked up Banished last night.  It seems a bit shallow but it was $20 so I can forgive that.  I had my second town just cruising along (first one starved to death in their third winter) and then people started being unhappy, as I hadn't bothered making a pub or a church so I ramp up stone production for the church and build a pub. nope still unhappy, and not breeding either.  So it turns out that people won't get it on under their parents roof and I had a housing shortage, not enough to cause people to be homeless but enough that kids were living with their parents unfortunately by the time I figured this out my whole town was past breeding age except for one, most likely very frustrated, 14 year old boy.  Game over man.

bahahahahaha awesome. Can't wait to give this game a spin myself.


It really is fun.  It's rare that my wife sits down and actively watches me play a game, even rarer when she gives input, and never does this happen in a highly detailed 'complicated' sim type game.  Oh she loved watching the story missions in Assassins Creed IV or the Batman games but a city builder? Never. Last night we were both completely stumped about the lack of babies until she found info about the 'no screwing in your parents house' behavior online and then I clicked around town and found that the youngest female was 56. We were both laughing about the epic failure of my town. It was like watching a dwarf fortress implode but you know with my wife actually understanding what was on the screen.
 
2014-02-20 09:05:05 AM  

likefunbutnot: Half-Life 2.
 I bought an $80 collector edition. I had played the first one and all of its expansions. I was engaged in the story.

But at the time I had to use a pair of dial-up modems to get an aggregate 19.2kbps connection

The disc in the box was utterly useless. It essentially downloaded the first version of the Steam client, which then downloaded the ~3GB of Half Life 2 from Valve. Over a 19.2kbps connection. My employer at the time would NOT have allowed me to bring my PC in to download anything. I carefully note that the retail box that I purchased did not indicate any specific bandwidth requirements for play, only that players would need an internet connection.

So a month later,  I finally got to see the opening screens... and then found out that Steam was generating enough network traffic to flood my shiatty dialup connections. I played about five minutes and decided that no single player game should be that reliant on an internet connection and furthermore that Steam amounts to malware since the game could not be divorced from it.

Nothing that Valve has done since has changed my personal opinion about Steam. I believe it's actually worse now, since so many PC gamers rely on it and maintain an overly positive view of Valve and its corporate behavior.

I've still never played Half Life 2.


Yeah, Steam has its advantages, but forcing you to redownload a game you bought on disk sucks.
 
2014-02-20 09:05:36 AM  
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2014-02-20 09:13:48 AM  
One of the worst games I ever bought was some Sniper shovelware game. It was like $15 at Wal-mart and I had to go on a roadtrip with my family so I bought it for my laptop. What a total piece of shiat, but I should've known that.

My two biggest let downs from the previous (360/PS3) generation was Turok and Dragon Age 2. Turok just plain blew (traded it after the first couple missions) and Dragon Age 2 was a horrible successor to Origins.

Aliens Colonial Marines would be on here if it weren't for the first morning reviews rolling in absolutely tearing it apart. Didn't go pick that up after work.
 
2014-02-20 09:15:13 AM  

Ambivalence: Resonance of fate. But. Bought it used so I don't feel quite so screwed over.


I actually liked that one and bought it a few times. It was enjoyable once I understood how to exploit the system. But I like JRPGs

Worst game I bought: E.Y.E. Divine cybermancy. Last shiatty English translation of an even worse polish game. This was before steam shiat itself and allowed everything to be 'EARLY ACCESS GAME!!!' But this game was in pre beta state and sold on steam. It was a god awful attempt at a stealth action game where the controls were a mess, the story was flat out incomprehensible, the game play was an abortion on toast with the cost hanger left in, and it ran like crap. There were no redeeming features.
 
2014-02-20 09:15:56 AM  
Worst Games ever:

Disappointment with PreOrder: Unreal Tournament 3.
After loving UT, UT 2003, 2004 and the Unreal stories, I was stoked for the UT3.  But it was a major let down.  The engine was fine, but the game play modes were just not as compelling or balanced as UT or UT2004. Still crank up UT2004 on occasion.

Most Frustrating Cheating AI: Mario Andretti's Racing Challenge
Mid 90s games.  You started off on dirt track and worked your way up to NASCAR and Indy.  Not bad for time, good career mode.  But it farking cheating like crazy.  Once you got to the big oval, set a race for 50, 100 laps or more, you could get out in front and was not hard to get full half lap or more in front of the field.  But about 5 laps down, you'd see it on the other side of a track.  One car would have a warp drive installed on it and start hauling ass to you.  In less than a lap, it would come up and overtake you, while you're doing flat out 210MPH and then park itself right farking in front of you.  EVERY FARKING TIME.  It must have been doing 500MPH to catch up in that distance.  It just pissed me off to know end.

Suckiest Game my Friends Had me Buy:  Lord or the Rings Online.
Be a hobbit.  Deliver pies in a hurry.  Deliver mail without being harassed.  Grow some plants.  Wait in line to kill the boar so you can move to the next level.  Fight stuff by clicking on it and waiting for boxes to refresh.  Farking boring.
 
2014-02-20 09:17:26 AM  
Kinetic Void, on Steam. "Void" is right.

/yeah, I know it's a early access game, but it was released way too early.
 
2014-02-20 09:20:42 AM  
In the days before time

Joe let me down.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-02-20 09:22:58 AM  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: In the days before time

Joe let me down.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 224x318]


I had that on PC (I think) and loved it.
 
2014-02-20 09:23:13 AM  
I wanted it to be so much like the Todd McFarlane comics I was reading at the time. It was not.

www.lukiegames.com
 
2014-02-20 09:24:07 AM  

UNC_Samurai: [upload.wikimedia.org image 382x500]
I bought this game, and because of this I refuse to ever support a game with a monthly subscription cost.


You may want to try it now.... WW2 Online has changed an incredible amount since the version you bought and continues to improve.  You can also play for free.  Personally, I think its the best WW2 sim out there.
 
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